Remembering the Twentieth Anniversary of the North Hollywood Shootout
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 03, 2017 at 12:03 PM
This week, we commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of the North Hollywood Shootout, a day which changed the history of law enforcement not only here in Los Angeles, but nationwide.
The 44 minutes of carnage would forever alter the course of Police Departments in our country and ultimately lead to the realization that with the militarization of the criminal underworld, police weaponry would have to change.
As the sunny Los Angeles day quickly turned into a nightmare, residents helplessly watched bullets pierce police cars as if they were made of cardboard, police officers taking cover wherever they could as bullets rained down upon them, and a police force so out gunned they had to go to a local gun store to buy firepower; the images from that day will forever stay with our community.
Within four days after the horror of the shootout, the Los Angeles Police Commission took action to create a field test of .45-caliber semiautomatic pistols for patrol officers and deploy AR-15s in each field supervisor’s squad car.
Seven months after the incident, the US Department of Defense gave LAPD 600 surplus M16s to be issued to patrol sergeants and in the year that followed, Police Departments around the country upgraded their weaponry.
The tragedy of the North Hollywood Shootout was one of the longest and bloodiest events in modern American police history. It is also LAPD’s finest hour; a reminder of the bravery and boldness of our LAPD officers and a shining example of heroism under fire.
Click here to read the LA Times article and click here to read to Daily News article.